From the first days of the occupation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol, Russia has been pursuing a systematic and large-scale policy aimed at changing the demographic composition of the population of the occupied territory.
On the one hand, through systematic political repression against opponents of the occupation, primarily ethnic Ukrainians and Crimean Tatars, Russia is forcing out from the occupied territories anyone who could potentially resist. About 48,000 people left the occupied Crimea.
On the other hand, Russia is actively colonizing the peninsula. During the occupation, the Russian Federation moved from its territory to the occupied Crimea according to various estimates, including Russian, more than 500 thousand of its own citizens.